Archetypal Families

THE NINE MAJOR ARCHETYPAL FAMILIES

Here is a comprehensive list of archetypes that fall within nine categories. You can start by

reviewing the list to see if any resonate with you. Archetypes are symbolic (not literal), so for

instance, the Athlete does not necessarily mean your accomplishments in sports. It represents

the qualities of mental toughness and inner stamina, with the tenacity to overcome obstacles.

The Knight shows bravery, loyalty and respect for others, and the ability to take selfless action

for the greater good. You can find a detailed description of each of the archetypes listed in

the Gallery of Archetypes on Myss.com or in the Caroline Myss book, “Sacred Contracts.”

SURVIVAL FAMILY

Child 

Victim 

Prostitute 

Saboteur

HEALER FAMILY

Healer

Wounded Healer

Rescuer

Servant

Caretaker

Companion

Shadow Healer: Charlatan, Fraud

THE FEMININE FAMILY

Goddess

Mother

Princess

Damsel

Virgin

MASCULINE FAMILY

King

Father

Knight

Warrior

Lover

Fool

DIVINE FAMILY

Nun/Monk

Celibate

Shaman

Medicine Man/Woman

Priest/Priestess

Disciple and Guru

Martyr

Samaritan

Missionary

WISDOM FAMILY

Sage/Oracle/Crone

Seeker/Wanderer

Hermit

Alchemist

Storyteller

Judge/Critic

Mystic

Teacher/Mentor/Student

Philosopher

Mediator

CREATIVE FAMILY

Artist

Scribe

Pioneer/Explorer

Statesman/woman

Strategist

Networker/Gossip

Entrepreneur

Philanthropist

Athlete/Olympian

Visionary/Prophet

ACTION FAMILY

Hero/Heroine

Coward/Bully

Mercenary

Gambler/Risk Taker

Rebel/Revolutionary

Detective/Spy

Midas/Miser

Slave/Liberator

WILD CARD FAMILY

Addict

Holy Fool

Trickster

Seductress

Provocateur

Spellcaster

Magician

Hedonist

Vampire

Shapeshifter

Femme Fatale

Thief

Pirate

Clown

© 2016.  Barbara Toller, Certified Archetype Consultant